Del Shannon - Greatest Hits
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"So Long Baby" is fabulous. Deep horn blasts underscore Del's dismissive lyrics. Del makes it clear there is no way this chick burned him more than he burned her. Why isn't this gem in more oldies rotations?
Sadly, Del spent a lot of time on sappy spineless ballads, and Rhino saw fit to include all of them here. Still, this is a great collection of Del's lesser known work.
Del's raucous cover of the Beatle's "From Me to You" is an unexpected surprise.
Like all things Rhino, the liner notes are complete and entertaining. Unklike most things Rhino, some of these cuts don't seem as sterlized as they might be. Actually, the static under "Runaway" just makes it that much cooler.
"Runaway" starts the CD strong with Del Shannon showing off his broad vocal range. He jumps from tenor to falsetto effortlessly; and the musical arrangement shines like gold! There's also "Hats Off To Larry;" this was always one of my favorites by Del Shannon and whenever I hear this I always turn up the volume. Del Shannon again switches back and forth between tenor and falsetto; this impresses me a lot. The arrangement for "Hats Off To Larry" really has that early rock and roll flavor to it--awesome!
"Little Town Flirt" is another hit for Del Shannon; I really like the backup vocalists and Del Shannon sings this with heart and soul. His excellent diction bolsters his performance and I like the musical arrangement. "From Me To You" is a great cover of a song by The Beatles; Del Shannon pays tribute to them while putting his own stamp on this beautiful ballad.
"Two Silhouettes" has a great early rock flavor to it also; and the backup vocalists harmonize well. "That's The Way Love Is" impresses me as Del sings this with great passion. He is truly able to express all the feelings in this song.
"Do You Want To Dance" is another great ballad that Del Shannon puts his own stamp on; and the musical arrangement is performed rather well. "Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)" gets the royal treatment from Del Shannon; I really like this ballad.
The album ends great with "Sister Isabelle;" Del Shannon sings this like a pro and the rockin' arrangement is awesome! Del Shannon never sings a superfluous note and I think you will enjoy "Sister Isabelle."
However, Shannon's greatest power (and what really distinguished him from ontemporary artists) was his songwriting ability. His hook-filled melodies concealed some of the most cynical, paranoid, and bitter lyrics ever penned. In fact, the best songs here drip with unprecidented venom. "Hats Off To Larry" sees Del praising the guy who broke his ex girlfriend's heart, declaring "He told you lies/ now it's your turn to cry" with unrestrained glee. Meanwhile, "Stranger In Town" and "Little Town Flirt" find the singer at his most paranoid. "Cry Myself To Sleep" and "Runaway" (the latter being the set's most well-known song) are darkly catchy howlers with bruised, lovelorn lyrics. "Sister Isabelle-" in which Shannon laments the love of his life's choice to become a nun- is a darkly funny, and unquestionably awesome, rocker.
Sadly, there are a few missteps- Shannon made his share of concessions to the world of mainstream pop, resulting in several schmaltzy throwaways.Read more ›
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The copy of this cd I received, though it matches the title and manufacturer's number [GLD 63104] is not the product it claims to be, and which others here are reviewing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nightingale
One of my favourite songs on this disc, "Hey Little Girl" was spoiled. there is a lowd crackling static noise in one of the spots. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jake D. Burrows